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Pain and older adults: research symposium

Pain is a highly prevalent health condition among older adults. The purpose of this symposium to discuss research in pain among older adults: Understanding pain in older adults; pharmacological and pyscho-social-behavioural-cultural frameworks of pain management including innovative models of care. The outcomes of this event is to develop an inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional research platform on pain in older adults.

June 28th
10.30 -4
7th Floor, Room 7.02 and 7.03, University of Otago, Christchurch.

This event is jointly hosted by University of Otago Research Themes: Collaboration of Ageing Research Excellence (CARE), and Pain@Otago

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Pain in Older Adults symposium
10.30WelcomeProfessor Ted Shipton 
Introduction to the dayChrys Jaye and Ram Mani
10.45 - 11.15

Keynote: The Challenge of Ageing Well?

Professor David Baxter
11.15 - 12

Understanding pain in older adults: a snapshot on current research and practice (Speakers and titles to be announced end May)

Social and anthropological context of pain and ageing (Chrys Jaye)

On-line positive health psychology for older adults (Nicola Swain)

A pilot Brief Pain Self-Management Programme adapted for Older People attending a Day Clinic for mental health difficulties (Rebekah Smith)

12 - 12.30Lunch
12.30 - 2

Understanding pain in older adults: a snapshot on current research and practice (Speakers and titles to be announced end May)

Research update from the Centre for Post Graduate Nursing: Pain prevalence, correlates and coping in older people: (Marie Crowe, Jenny Jordan, Cate McCall, Deb Gillon, Hamish Jamieson)
Older people’s strategies for managing chronic non – malignant pain
What big data can tell us about correlates of pain in older people.

Prevalence and intensity of pain in older adults living in Retirement Villages (Annie Tatton)

Medicines and pain in older adults -Different research, different settings: retirement villages, community-dwelling Māori older adults and general practice (Joanna Hikaka)

Ageing Well in Aotearoa: the key role of community connection (Poonam Mehta)

The impact of clinician and consumer beliefs about back and knee pain (Ben Darlow)

Dysfunctional pain modulation in older adults and its implications (Ram Mani)

2 - 2.20Afternoon Tea
2.20 - 4

The way forward: building innovation and multidisciplinary research teams 

Opening remarks:   Research Teams with Impact: multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, stakeholders, and communities (Debra Waters)
Group discussion